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Bhadayasa (also Bhadrayasha) was a minor Indo-Scythian ruler in the areas of Eastern Punjab and Mathura in India, during the 1st century AD. He is considered one of the Northern Satraps.[2]

Bhadayasa
Bhadrayasha coin.jpg
Coin of Northern Satrap Bhadayasa.
Obv:Greek legend BASILEWS SWTEROS ZLIIoY "Saviour King Zoilos", an imitation of the legend of Zoilos II
Rev:Maharajasa Tratarasa Bhadrayashasa, "Saviour king Bhadayasha" [1]
ReligionBuddhism
Coin of Bhradrayasha.

He is mainly known through his coins, which are direct imitations of those of the Indo-Greek king Zoilos II, or the hypothetical Zoilos III.[3]

Bhadayasa is generally considered a successor of Rajuvula in the Eastern Punjab. However, since his coinage is copied from Zoilos II or Zoilos III rather than the later Strato II or Strato III (whom Rajuvula imitated), Jakobsson places Bhadayasa before the rule of these last kings, around 35 BC.[4]

At around the same time, the Indo-Scythian ruler Sodasa, son of Rajuvula, ruled in Mathura.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Senior ISCH vol. II, page 129.
  2. ^ CNG Coins notice [1]
  3. ^ J. Jakobsson, “A Possible New Indo-Greek King Zoilos III, and an Analysis of Realism on Indo-Greek Royal Portraits” NC 170 (2010), pp. 37-40; Senior 160.2. [2]
  4. ^ J. Jakobsson, “A Possible New Indo-Greek King Zoilos III, and an Analysis of Realism on Indo-Greek Royal Portraits” NC 170 (2010), pp. 38